Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I Just Can't Bring Myself to Do It

I now own 3 issues of BurdaStyle Mag.
10/2013-US edition

There are tons of things I love and want to make. T.O.N.S. But the tracing. I cannot wrap my ahead around the tracing :(

The US edition included codes to download some of the patterns online - SCORE. So my pattern for the Illusion jacket is a pdf that will be taped and traced:

There are pants and tops and a skirt and a dress and I want to make them...and obviously, people make them!!! But arrggghh! I need to buy a tracing wheel and some transfer paper to make it easiest or I was thinking about doing the whole, tape the stupid pattern map to the window and trace off. I keep telling myself to start with something simple (like the skirt) and go from there but nope.

And then I actually contemplated a 6 month subscription but...I haven't sewn anything from the ones I have and *had* to get! Oy!!!

Do you use Burda mag patterns?? How do you trace?

In other news, I wore my green top (LOVE) and plaid pants yesterday. Comfortable. So comfortable! I did hem the plaid pants a little long and the brown ones a little short. I got lots of compliments after I had to ask a coworker to snip a thread (there's always one more thread than what you snipped!) and she asked if I made it. The ladies were going gaga! One asked if I took orders.
1) No. No I do not.
2) My very best girlfriend will track you down and make your life miserable if I sewed for you!


In other sewing funnies, when I was doing the finishing on my pants, my daughter was sitting there. She gasped in horror and actually grabbed my hand when I went to to take the seam ripper to the buttonhole. "MOM! What are you doing?!?! That's going to cut them!" She's so sweet.

I am starting to notice a pattern of me coming up with plans and then those plans completely and utterly falling by the wayside. I do want to make a jacket, I really do...but I can't choose one. I haven't revisited the S1699 banana plaid jacket but maybe I should. That affected my mojo :/

(I have sworn that I do not want to quilt and then I saw this. "I can make a quilt fast. FAST!!!" Jeez louise. No to quilting. No. No. No.)

Friday is officially my 1 year sewing anniversary!!! Be sure to check back for my "anniversary post"!


  1. I hate tracing, too. I'd rather print out and tape a PDF pattern together. With tracing, it's too easy to have a cat run over your pattern while you're tracing, and then you have to get everything lined up again, etc. I'm also notorious for missing notches and other important markings when I trace. I'm willing to do it for Jalie patterns because I don't have to hunt for pattern pieces and everything is pretty clearly printed for those (plus, you get the added bonus of a bazillion sizes in one envelope), but those are pretty much the only ones that I'll willingly trace.

  2. I so so love getting my Burda magazines, and I love that I often make up things months later that I never even noticed when I first got the magazine. It's a pain to trace, but it's nice that I have so many patterns taking up very little space until I decide I want to make them up. When I first started tracing burda mags I came up with a system that I still use. It does involve a sheet of tracing carbon and a double tracing wheel, but if it helps, my friend uses the system with two tracing wheels taped together. I wrote a blog post about it here: http://brownpaperpattern.blogspot.com/2012/10/wading-in-to-burda.html. If you have trouble finding the carbon paper, let me know and I'll mail you some :)

    1. You're so sweet!! I think A Fashionable Stitch advertises them as being nice and large and lasting for-ever. I will try her.

      I like the idea of two tracing wheels. I am cheap and don't want to pay $15 for a double wheel but I have two! LOL!!!

  3. I agree with Ms. McCall, I'm so happy I signed up to get the Burda magazine...I also go back and find patterns that I didn't notice at the time but are later just perfect. I used to ONLY use my double tracing wheel and trace directly from the crazy overlapping patterns, simultaneously tracing the seam line and the seam allowances. Recently I started a new method that I like much better. I use tracing paper, put down weights (i.e. a mug here, my tape dispenser there) and hand trace my patterns quickly. I find this much easier for the often complicated pattern sheets. Then I go back and use my double tracing wheel to add seam allowances to the seam lines. It's two separate steps but makes it much more manageable to trace in my opinion at least. I use these wax tracing papers from A Fashionable Stitch (http://shop.afashionablestitch.com/product/professional-tracing-paper-sheets-26-x-39), they really do last a looooong time and work great.

    1. Whoops, forgot to mention something else I think is important! I like to do it in two separate steps because if you do it in one step you need to layer the wax paper on bottom, tracing paper in the middle, pattern on top...and it just get annoying to make sure they are all overlapping at the same time/in the same place. With two steps you can always see all the layers - making it much faster and less annoying!

  4. I don't care about quilting at all...but I just watched that whole video! I can do that! Haha. I have three copies of BurdaStyle and I miss them now that my subscription is up. I traced ONE pattern, with 3 pieces, and it took forever. It was baby leggings, it should have been simple! But I guess if you got used to it, it wouldn't be so bad.

    1. THAT's how I felt Beth! Like...I can do that...

      No. No. NO!!!!!! LOL!

  5. I've gotten used to tracing... it's not that bad now. I always keep the magazine with the pattern piece drawings next to me to help find the shape in the mess. Most may frown on my method as I actually perforate my Burda magazine pattern sheets. If it's a precious, fancy or expensive pattern I will take time to use tracing paper over the pattern. Anyhow, I like to use this method:
    1) On my very low pile rug I lay out my blank pattern paper (I use a roll of paper I buy from IKEA for $5- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20152281/).
    2) I lay my Burda pattern sheet over the blank paper and weight it down with pattern weights
    3) I use my serrated pattern tracing wheel and gently trace the pattern lines... I press just enough to push through the pattern and then to create the perforations onto the blank paper
    4) I like to add my Seam Allowenaces to my paper pattern pieces. I have a magic way I do this by eye balling it. I use my rotary cutter (another thing most may frown on as it kills the blade faster). The distance between the edge of my rotary cutter and the blade where it cuts is JUST shy of 5/8" (standard SA size) I place my traced pattern on my cutting surface and hover directly over the rotary cutter, I watch the edge of my rotary cutter yo guide me as to where the 5/8" mark is. I just go around and cut. Done. (yeah, this sounds more convoluted then it really is after I typed it... it's actually easy)

    Or you can actually buy medical paper. It's transparent enough to just set it on top of your pattern sheets and trace with a pencil.

    You can even get a tracing wheel that will mark your SA automatically

    A Fashionable Stitch has these things, too. PLus other helpful sewing and tailoring stuff. http://shop.afashionablestitch.com/

  6. I don't like tracing either.. So I mostly avoid burda books , for that reason.
    I am so amazed at you.... You have been sewing for 1 year... and you are making fantastic garments at such speeds.. So happy you found this hobby.. I love it, and their are so few people , in my area that sew.. I wish they did...would love to have a sewing buddy.ha

    1. Judy, I signed up for a virtual sewing buddy today on Whipstitch, you might like this :) http://whip-stitch.com/sewing-buddies-2014-deadline-approaching/

    2. Wish I'd seen that whipstitch post earlier. That seems so cool.

      I *wish* I had a sewing buddy here. Darn it!

    3. There's still time! I thought I'd missed it, too, but I think the deadline is this Sunday night.

  7. I would rather trace than tape 20+ pieces of paper together and then trace that!. I have many older Burda World of Fashion (BWOF) magazines and don't mind tracing at all. Once you start, it gets much easier. When I first saw the maze of crazy, I was very confused. However having done it a few times now, it's very easy.

    1. First find the pattern sheet and line color for your pattern. Stare at the sheet so that your eyes get used to looking for that color only.
    2. The numbers on the bottom of the sheet help you identify where the main pattern piece is on that sheet. They're color coded as well.
    3. Once you've identified a pattern piece to trace, refer to the line drawings in the magazine. There you can see all of the markings and seam numbers that need to be traced.

    To trace my patterns, I use a pencil and tracing paper. That's it. The tracing paper is stronger than pattern tissue paper, but thin enough to see all of the lines. I also don NOT add any seam allowances to the pattern. I add my seam allowances right on the fabric when I'm ready to cut out the pattern. This way I can make my pattern adjustments right at the seam lines. If you do it this way, leave yourself a note on the pattern to add seam allowances!

  8. I'm still amazed that you have only sewn for a year! You're amazing!! And your output is outstanding!
    I've only made one Burda that I traced off.
    Do you have the giant sheets of wax tracing paper?

    1. I don't but A Fashionable Stitch has them and it'd be nice to support a fellow home sewer too!

  9. Oh come on! You're a scientist, for goodness sake! You can trace a pattern, LOL!!

    I trace Burda patterns often, and I will tell you that the more I do it, the easier it gets. I just use medical roll paper and a pencil, on my dining room table. The instructions page for the pattern you're tracing has a lot of great information: the color of the lines to look for, the shapes of the pattern pieces, and which pattern pieces you need. On the pattern sheet, there are reference numbers in the various colors of pattern lines; you just look for the color and number you need and follow straight up, down or across to find the same number on the pattern. For instance, if you need to trace the red pattern from pattern sheet C (somehow that combo comes up for me a lot!), get out sheet C, then find the numbers of the pieces you need - let's say 1, 2 and 3. Find the red 1 in the margin, then follow across the sheet until you see another red 1. It will be on one of the lines for that pattern piece - just follow around! I do like to locate all my pattern pieces in this way before I put the tracing paper over the sheet, so I know what I'm looking for.

    I do put my seam allowances on afterwards, before cutting out, using one of those double-pencil gizmos. Love it - I have it in 5/8" and 1/4" and use them both.

    1. Hahahaha! It's funny the things I charge head first into and the things that absolutely terrify me. Geesh.

  10. Alright. You all have convinced me. I'm going to try it!!! I'll try to trace off and then add SA later (since I don't have giant wax paper right now) and choose a couple simple things that I saw and liked (like 2 piece or 3 piece patterns!) :)

    Then try with the wax paper and decide if I can do it. Well I CAN but *can* I?!? Hahaha!

  11. You can definitely do it!!! I too will say that I don't care for tracing Burda patterns from the magazine. It is much harder than, say, Ottobre. I love tracing Ottobre for kid's clothing. I don't care for adding the SA, though. Overall, once you get through with the painstaking tracing process, the fit is nice. Good luck!


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